Collected Edition Blog browsing on Friday morning

Comic Con is only days aways and the programming schedule is coming out. One panel that is worth noting:

Thursday July 22, 5:00-6:00 The 5th Annual Comics Podcasting Panel!— Five years ago, the comics podcasting stars came together on one panel for the first time in San Diego, and now they’re back to discuss comics, podcasting, and how the comic book industry has changed since that first panel. Podcasters appearing on the panel include John Siuntres (Word Balloon), Josh Flanagan (iFanboy), Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider),Brian “Pants” Christman (Comic Geek Speak), Bob Bretall (The Comic Book Page), and Cameron Hatheway (Cammy’s Comic Corner). Don’t miss your chance to see all your favorite podcasters on one panel! Room 32AB

Like in past years it will probably be recorded (by iFanboy). I’ll post a link when is goes up. Congrats to all who is on this years panel. I was fortunate enough to be on the first one.

Another panel on Thursday worth going to is:

2:30-3:30 BrickJournal: Looking at the LEGO Community— In the past decade, a community of adult LEGO builders has sprung up and created models, websites, and even conventions. The staff of BrickJournal, the magazine for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages, invites you to take a look at the community (and what it builds) at this presentation, with Brandon Griffith (top LEGO builder), Jonathan Bender (author ofLEGO: A Love Story), Nathan Sawaya (LEGO certified professional builder), and Jim Foulds (community operations manager for the LEGO Group). The panel is moderated by BrickJournal editor Joe Meno. There will be a Q&A afterward, so if you have any questions about the community, events, builders, or even the LEGO company, this is the place to be! Room 7AB

BrickJournal is a publication of TwoMorrows, of which I host their Tune-In Podcast, so it’s a shameless plug. If you go say hello to Joe Meno and tell him what a great job he and his team are doing.

Saturday should be a blast with:

Saturday, July 24, 12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Brian Michael Bendis— The controversial Marvel writer and Comic-Con special guest Brian Michael Bendis turns his spotlight panel into a live taping of the popular Word Balloon Bendis tapes. Word Balloon podcast host John Suitress will moderate the panel and take questions from the audience, with nothing off limits. Bendis will also be giving away limited-edition variant covers of his new creator-owned series ScarletRoom 6DE

Not to miss on Sunday:

Sunday, July 25, 10:00-11:00 Jack Kirby Tribute— It’s time once again to pay tribute to Jack “King” Kirby, the prolific writer/artist who co-created some of the world’s most famous superheroes, including the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, the New Gods, and many more. Kirby biographer and friend Mark Evanier (Kirby: King of Comics) hosts this annual Comic-Con tradition and is joined this year by writers Marv Wolfman(Tomb of Dracula, New Teen Titans), and Kurt Busiek (Astro City, JLA/Avengers) and other Kirby fanatics to discuss the King. Room 4

One link to note at this time:

Heidi MacDonald has posted Diamond’s Top Ten and market share information for June. I’ll be taking a look at the list over the weekend and give my thoughts on Monday and you can look for a podcast of John Mayo and I either very soon (pre-Comic Con) or very late (post-Comic Con). At just a glance at the Graphic Novel and Trade Paperbacks you’ll notice that there are four books from the Vertigo (DC) imprint and no Marvel 616 book made the cut!

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